Modern Classics Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel SparkModern Classics Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Modern Classics Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

byMuriel SparkForeword byCandia McWilliamTranslated byA K Ramanujan

Paperback | February 22, 2000

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Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie includes an introduction by Candia McWilliam in Penguin Modern Classics. Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, unconventional ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia Blaine Academy - 'the crème de la crème' - who become the Brodie 'set', introduced to a privileged world of adult games that they will never forget. Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was adapted into a successful stage play, and later a film directed by Ronald Neame and starring Maggie Smith. Muriel Spark (1918 - 2006) wrote poetry, stories, and biographies as well as a remarkable series of novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) which received the James Tait Black Prize, and The Public Image (1968) and Loitering with Intent (1981), both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Spark was awarded the T.S. Eliot Award for poetry in 1992, and the David Cohen Prize for literature in 1997. If you enjoyed The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, you might like Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A sublimely funny book ... it is a book to be read by all ... unforgettable and universal' Candia McWilliam, author of Debatable Land
Muriel Spark has written poetry, stories, and biographies as well as her remarkable series of novels. She is an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and in 1993 was created OBE. A native of Scotland, she now lives in Italy.
Title:Modern Classics Prime Of Miss Jean BrodieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.74 × 5.07 × 0.36 inPublished:February 22, 2000Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141181427

ISBN - 13:9780141181424

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The book is better than the movie I recently re-read this for the first time in 20+ years after having seen the movie. As brilliant as Maggie Smith is, the movie is so different from the book that you miss out on a lot if you don't read it. It's an enjoyable read, but I still don't understand why, exactly, it's on the list of the "Best" 100 English language novels of all time. It's easy to read in a day (128 pages) but there's nothing really all that scintillating about it.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I loved this book - especially the title character
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from before Dead Poet's Society When I was in grade seven, a million years ago, we watched The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on television. I have a clear memory of it. I distinctly remember Maggie Smith’s portrayal of the slightly aristocratic, strangely compelling school teacher, Jean Brodie. She’s remained in my memory just as the character herself remained in the memories of the students she taught, the creme de la creme. Miss Jean Brodie’s class of twelve year olds are impressionable, inquisitive and sensitive. The ‘Brodie set’ as they are known to the other students at the Marcia Blaine School are enjoying their final year with Miss Brodie before they move to the senior school. Miss Brodie is ‘shaping them’ and her notion of the curriculum isn’t exactly approved of by the other teachers of the school. "If anyone comes along in the course of the following lesson, remember that it is the hour of English grammar. Meantime I will tell you a little of my life when I was younger than I am now…" Muriel Spark’s novella is interesting because Miss Brodie herself in interesting. Her girls were discovered to have "heard of the Buchmanites and Mussolini, the Italian Renaissance painters, the advantages to the skin of cleansing cream and witch-hazel over honest soap and water…" Of course, one begins to suspect that Miss Brodie might be a little bit of a fake and it is her complcated relationship with the girls who adore her and mock her in equal measure that makes up the bulk of this not altogether easy to read novella.
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Short but not sweet I read this book for my book club, and was glad it was not a long novel, or it may have been the first book I didnt complete! The characters are not developed and the reader is not interested in finding our what motivates them to be charmed and manipulated by their school teacher. The novel reads as a factual account rather than a story. Would not recommend.
Date published: 2006-10-19

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Scottish novelist Muriel Spark is known for her acute ability to expose the petty weaknesses of her characters, illuminating the darker side of the human experience. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie asks readers to recognize whether the human experience has a prime, if this special climactic time of life can be identified and if bitterness occurs as this time passes. The story tells of a school teacher with the profound ability to impressionably impact her students. Written with Spark's classic comic wit, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie has also become an acclaimed stage, film and television production.